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Back-to-school health checklist

30 August 2019

Preparing for the first day of school can be overpowering. From trying to make your child less nervous and checking that the school items are ready, it is equally crucial to see to it that his or her health is fine too. This process can be even more demanding if the latter has certain health problems. To create positive anticipation and to make the first day itself go by without any hassles, go through the following health checklist items.

Here’s the back-to-school health checklist to help you prepare

Back to school does not only mean that your child is starting a new school year. It is vital to make sure that he or she is having a healthy routine and good habits. Following are some checklist items that can help you ensure that you are not missing anything:

Clean habits prevent the spread of illnesses

It’s important to remind your child of the proper hand washing techniques that can prevent illnesses throughout the year. If your child is ill, it is recommended to make them stay at home for them to obtain proper rest and to avoid spreading their illness to others.

Setting a healthy routine

A healthy routine starts by having a healthy breakfast every day, drinking adequate water and getting the right amount of sleep. Children in kindergarten should get about 10 to 13 hours sleep per day, elementary school children should get about 9 to 13 hours, while those in high school should get about 8 to 10. It is important to note that lack of sleep can result in poor attention, lower scores, behavioural problems and even depression.

Buying the right backpack

Backpacks come in all forms and sizes, designed to be really appealing to children. However, when buying a backpack, you should check that the shoulders and back are padded. It should also have multiple compartments to evenly distribute the weight. Remember that once a backpack is loaded up, it should not weigh more than 15% of the child’s body weight. In case it does, consider buying a rolling backpack.

Keep your medicine cabinet well-stocked

Every parent knows that back to school also means back to germs. Keeping a wide array of products stocked in your medicine cabinet can help with any minor illnesses that may come up throughout the school year. Consider keeping these homeopathic medicines on hand to take at the first sign of symptoms: Coryzalia for colds*, Stodal for cough*, Oscilloccinum for flu-like symptoms, Arnicare Bruise for bumps and bruises, and Sédatil for stress-related symptoms.

*NOTICE – This claim is based on traditional homeopathic references and not modern scientific evidence.
These homeopathic medicines may not be right for everyone. Always read and follow the label.